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Gazelle

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18
Reign:
reign of Amenhotep III
Date:
ca. 1390–1353 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
Elephant Ivory, wood, blue-pigment inlay
Dimensions:
H. 11.5 cm (4 1/2 in); w. 10 cm (3 15/16 in)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926
Accession Number:
26.7.1292
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 119
This delicate ivory gazelle stands on a wooden pedestal with inlaid decoration depicting plants that allude to its semi-desert habitat. The gazelle has its head erect and appears alert, as though sensing danger. Egyptian artists were keen observers of the world and produced many naturalistic images of the creatures around them. The gazelle's ears have broken off and the horns, made separately and probably of another material, are missing.
Acquired by Lord Carnarvon (d. 1923) . Carnarvon Collection. Collection acquired by the Museum from Lady Carnarvon 1926.

Goldscheider, Ludwig 1937. Art without Epoch. New York: Oxford University Press, fig. 10.

Phillips, Dorothy W. 1942. Ancient Egyptian Animals, Picture Books (Metropolitan Museum of Art), New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, fig. 13.

Pijoán, José 1950. Summa Artis: Historia general del arte, Vol. III. 1950. Madrid, 360, fig. 492.

Posener, Georges 1959. Dictionnaire de la civilisation égyptienne. Paris: F. Hazan, p. 83.

Hibbard, Howard 1980. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: Harper & Row, 45, fig. 85.

Lilyquist, Christine, Peter F. Dorman, and Edna R. Russmann 1983. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, vol. 41, no. 3 (Winter), New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 38, pl. 38.

Dorman, Peter F., Prudence Harper, and Holly Pittman 1987. Egypt and the Ancient Near East in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 63.

Arnold, Dorothea 1995. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, new ser., vol. 52, no. 4 (Spring), New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 10–11, no. 3.

Metropolitan Museum of Art 2012. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, p. 49.

Metropolitan Museum of Art 2012. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. New York and New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press, p. 49.

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